Opinions Archive

Don’t throw Boydens out with bathwater!

By Maurice Switzer Anishinabek broadcaster Jesse Wente was shedding tears. He was participating in a CBC radio debate with Walrus magazine editor Jonathan Kay about the propriety of  creating a prize for cultural appropriation – writing stories about someone else's culture, particularly for profit. While critical of

Opinion: Sinixt Hunting Rights decision has potential for wider impact

By Karl Hele Ruling in March 2017, that a member of the ‘extinct’ Sinixt First Nation has existing Indigenous rights to hunt, a judge in Nelson, British Columbia may have issued the first decision that will eventually upend more than a century of Canadian border policies. These

Book review: The Ballad of Danny Wolfe: Life of a Modern Outlaw

By Shirley Honyust/ Yenatli:yo This book tells the epic story of Danny Wolfe, one of the lead founders of the Indian Posse, a prominent street gang in 1988 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At that time the word, ‘Indian’ was still used in legal definitions of status, although it

Thin the herd, stay in your place

By Brad Gallant It seems caribou are becoming an endangered species in all regions of Canada except Western Newfoundland. I am speaking both of the woodland animal and the members of the newly founded Qalipu Mi'kmaq band. The recent decisions sent out by Ronald Penney, Chair of

When will the taking stop?

By Beverly Sabourin and Peter Globensky Since we have both developed a late-in-life allergy to snow and the shoveling of it, we escape to the American southwest and the traditional territory of the Apache for the snowless beauty of the desert and the 'sky-island' mountains. While here

Walleye Delirium, moose poop, and Foreman Grills

By Maurice Switzer Fishing on Lake Nipissing is not a body-contact sport...yet! Sometimes the feuding over who-gets-to-catch-how-much-of-what can reach alarming proportions.  But, we haven't seen  billy-clubs stuffed into creels, or gun barrels sticking out of rod cases, and there are no ministry gunboats patrolling the Manitou channels.

Federal Government seeks to settle class action from Sixties Scoop

By John Fox On the heels of a Judge’s ruling of a 1.3 billion dollar class-action lawsuit, on Wednesday Feb 1, the Federal Government, under the leadership of the Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, announced on Parliament Hill that they were prepared to come to a resolution

Future lawyers visit the Union of Ontario Indians

By Daniel Gatto Last October, I was amongst the group of a dozen University of Ottawa Law Practice Program (Programme de Pratique du Droit) candidates who travelled to Sudbury to attend the 2016 Colloquium hosted by the Sudbury and District Law Association and host a free mobile

Lemons and protests

By Samantha Restoule   A couple of weeks ago life handed me a lemon. “What am I supposed to do with this?” I asked myself. So I stood there, lemon in hand, wondering how to proceed. Well…you know what they say: when life gives you lemons, protest

Book Review: This is Indian Land

By Karl Hele Drawing inspiration and its title from Garden River’s CP Rail Bridge with its message “THIS IS INDIAN LAND”, the book seeks to explore different outcomes of the 1850 Robinson Treaties. While the sign may literally rest on Indian land, it speaks to the reality

Book Review: Price Paid

Submitted by Karl Hele Bev Sellars brings us another marvelous book drawing on her and her people’s experiences with Indian policy since the beginning. While her first book, They Called Me Number One, explored the generational impact of residential schools on her family, Price Paid nicely explores

Yuletide Carols…Revisited

By Maurice Switzer 1. Donald, the funny hair guy (To the tune of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer) Donald, the funny hair guy had a very nasty streak; He pulled the wings off fireflies, just to see if they got weak; All of the members of Congress

Letter to the Editor: Rota uses blame and misdirection to avoid pipeline conversation

The Nipissing community is facing a real local problem with the TransCanada company wanting to send diluted bitumen for export through a pipeline that could leak into our drinking water. On Saturday a group of citizens in North Bay gathered to ask Nipissing - Timiskaming MP Anthony

How to make extra money for Christmas using Facebook

Submitted by Emilie Corbiere If you're like me, a little extra money during the holiday season always comes in handy. If you're also a native crafter or jewelry maker, Facebook is a terrific tool for you to sell your items. There are plenty of selling/auction pages for


Submitted by Arnold May – Let’s get out from under the control of the Indian Act. – We have a Chi-Naaknigewin (Constitution). – We are moving towards Self Government. – It is a tool to help Anishinaabe people take control of their own lives. – It is